My great grandpa bought the rights to the Bunkerville allotment back in 1887 around there. Then he sold them to my grandpa who then turned them over to my dad in 1972. These men bought and paid for their rights to the range and also built waters, fences and roads to assure the servival of their cattle, all with their own money, not with tax dollars. These rights to the land use is called preemptive rights.
This is so wrong that anyone with an ounce of brains would know better. However, the Bundy clan's collective gray matter falls far short of this. There is a Preemption Act of 1841 (repealed in 1891) that allowed squatters
Public Lands to acquire title to 160 acres as long as they met the conditions of the Act and paid $200 for the land ($1.25/acre). The U.S. General Land Office never
had the authority to lease the Public Lands for livestock grazing. Before the Taylor Grazing Act was passed in 1934 it was basically the first rancher to get his cows to forage an area who got the grass!
Period.....End of story! If the Bundy clan wanted to own the land they grazed all those years all they had to do was visit the local Land Office and pay for the land. They never acquired a patent for any of those grazing lands. It was always part of the Public Lands owned by the Sovereign! Now like accruing water rights they "may" have accrued grazing rights, but never ownership of the land.
The Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 created the U.S. Grazing Service that was charged with managing the Public Lands suitable for grazing. On July 16, 1946, Congress created the U.S. Bureau of Land Management by merging the General Land Office, the Grazing Service, and the Oregon & California Revested Lands Administration.
The Bundys somehow want people to think that they have had the equivalent of fee simple title to that land since 1887 without every paying property taxes to the State of Nevada and/or Clark County and that Cloven-hoof decided to be magnamous and generous, too, also to pay exorbitant grazing fees to the feds because he was such a patriot until the BLM went too far!
What a complete crock of shit!